The practicum experience helps to increase knowledge and skills learned in previous courses. It creates an atmosphere to apply evidence-based concepts of disease management to patient care plans. Sharing of practicum experiences with classmates will increase knowledge of most common illnesses treated in different practicum settings. Continue to ask questions of your preceptor and examine rationales for prioritizing diagnoses and prescribing medications.
Please share practicum experiences with classmates by addressing the following information:
- Type of practicum setting – general practice clinic
- Average number of patients seen by you and the preceptor on a daily basis – Me (8), preceptor (20)
- Most common diagnosis treated: hypertension, common cold, diabetes
- Available resources (low cost meds, social services, community resources, etc.): not many resources, can be researched
- Most interesting patient presentation: can be made up
- Comfort level with history-taking, physical exam, medical diagnosing, management plans including prescribing medications, and health education and oral presentations: can be made up
At least 3 references, not older than 5 years old.
Requirements: about one page long
Patient M is a 63-year-old Hispanic male who came to the clinic with a foot ulcer that had not healed in the previous month despite the use of over-the-counter medications. The patient also stated that his eyeglasses were recently adjusted due to blurred vision. The foot ulcer had a recurrent infection as the patient did not know the considerations in maintaining a diabetic foot ulcer (Reardon et al., 2020). I cleaned the foot ulcer, removed nonviable tissues, and offloaded the wound. I also provided the patient with the right education on self-care of the wound and how to manage diabetes to improve his health,